THEREFORE #5: BE HUMBLE!

“THEREFORE #5: BE HUMBLE !” (1 Pet. 5:5-11)
1-2 Peter Series Message #10
FBC Earlville 3-22-15 10:30 AM Rev. J.B. Stopford, Pastor

INTRODUCTION Today’s Special: “Matchmaker, Matchmaker”
Dad: Son, I want you to marry the girl of my choice.
Son: No way, Dad.
Dad: But Son, she’s the daughter of world’s richest man.
Son: Why didn’t you say so? Consider it done.
Then his dad goes to that richest man.
Dad: I want your daughter to marry my son.
Rich man: No, why would I ever permit that?
Dad: Because he’s the COO of the World Bank.
Rich man: Why didn’t you say so? Consider it done.
Then the dad goes to the president of the World Bank.
Dad: I want you to appoint my son COO of the World Bank.
Bank president: Never! Why would I do something like that?
Dad: Because he’s the son-in-law of the world’s richest man.
Bank president: Why didn’t you say so? Consider it done.

For next week: Read 2 Peter in one setting – look for “therefore” (2 of them!)
Today’s title is “Be Humble” (from v. 6 ‘therefore’). Perhaps a better title would be “I’m the most humble person I know.” (well, maybe not a better title!)
IF we are humble, how would it be displayed in our lives? Vs. 5-11 tell us!
And then…are you ready?…we’ll know why the ‘therefore’ of v. 6 is…THERE FORE! PRAYER

# 1 CLOTHED (v. 5)
Peter begins by telling us to CHANGE CLOTHES!
* Illustration.: I bought new sneakers last December and could finally wear them (briefly before it began snowing again) Friday – a friend said, “LOOK AT THE NEW SNEAKERS”. It had been 3 months since they were bought, but they were new!
* The church must be filled with those who have CHANGED CLOTHES: who are “clothed with humility toward one another” – ESPECIALLY the elders and the youngers toward one another!
* How do we do that? Prov. 3:34 – God gives grace – as we humble ourselves to Him, He gives grace to humble ourselves to one another!
* The true clothing of discipleship is humility: Luke 14:11, 28-31

# 2 CONTENT AND CAREFREE (vs. 6-7)
* V. 6 (The Message): “be content with who you are”. HERE is the “therefore”: With your new clothes, you have a fresh perspective of SEEING GOD EVERY DAY AT WORK IN YOU!
V. 7 With our new clothes, and a contented spirit, we can have the carefree
attitude of casting those cares on the Lord.
Note the Greek: Cast them “once and for all” – don’t take the anxieties
back, AND don’t keep those we think we can handle!
One last thought: in the context, what is the cause of the anxiety – the care – that Peter is talking about? The “one another” of v. 5! The unity of the body of the church! We, too, should be casting that once and for all before Him!

#3 (YET) CAUTIOUS (v. 8-9)
* Cautious because we have an enemy!
* Illustration: On the internet, there was this past week what is known as a “viral video” – one that went world-wide. The incident happened last year at a safari park in South Africa. A family was videoing the lion family when one of the lions came up to the car and…with his teeth on the handle opened the door of the car! There was a scream, an immediate closing of the door, and someone shouting, “I didn’t know he could do that!” Do we think that of Satan who is like a roaring lion?
* New Living Version: “a hungry lion with his mouth open. He is looking for someone to eat.”
Amplified Version defines him as being “in fierce hunger.”
Illustration: On my laptop I have 2 verses side by side, 1 Pet. 5:8 and Rev. 5:5, where John says, “Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah.” So I am regularly reminded to either behold the true Lion, or to beware of the one who is like a roaring lion. They both want my worship. To whom do I yield?

#4 CALLING (vs. 10-11)
God calls to eternal glory, and daily prepares us for glory. How?
(1) “Restore and make you strong” = literally means “repair the broken
nets”! As a fisherman does this daily, so God daily equips His servants by repairing the breaks of the day before and starts afresh!
(2) Firm and steadfast = to be building upon a foundation – here on both the Word of God AND upon the trials experienced on a regular basis

CONCLUSION:
Refer “in like manner” (v. 5) back to Christ.
1. Jesus was clothed with humility when He put on a servant’s towel and washed His disciples’ feet.
2. Jesus cares for me! The true Servant invites me to “come unto” Him and He will give me rest!
3. Jesus is the Lion of the tribe of Judah! The One Who is true humility is truly King of kings and Lord of lords.
4. Jesus can see the eternal picture and can come alongside our suffering, because He first suffered as a “Man of sorrows acquainted with grief” – when He gave Himself for our sins at Calvary. And Who will be the first to welcome us sufferers to glory? Why, the One Who extends His nail-pierced hands to give us a bear hug hearty “welcome home to glory!
“Humble yourselves, THEREFORE, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.” CLOSE IN PRAYER

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